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Fairfax Va
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resort fee

Puerto Rico is apparently the only island that hotels charge and collect a 11% resort fee(per day of the daily rate) from visitors,this being for use of the facilities of the resort.

I paid for a package but was charged 11% of the rack rate for the room.(not included in the package and collected by the hotel)

I paid $ 632 for 4 days including nonstop air from DC..My 11% was $33 daily leaving me to believe that my rack room rate was $300 atleast which means I stayed free for 2 days AND flew free or other permutations and combinations.

Can someone educate me?

Rio Grande, Puerto...
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1. Re: resort fee

I am not sure where you stayed but the 11% was probably your lodging tax (hotels with casinos must charge 11%) and not the resort fee. Even so with airfare you did recieve an incredible deal.

Long Island, NY
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2. Re: resort fee

Most hotels have added tax, resort fees, etc. You must check your paperwork carefully, many times it will say additional fees not inclded. A quick phone call or e-mail should answer questions ahead of time, so no-one gets that big surprise upon check out.

Cleveland, Ohio
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3. Re: resort fee

The airfare is not subject to the PR tax and the tax will be on the total of the room.

upper marlboro, md
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4. Re: resort fee

I really don't understand your question. Did you already go to PR or is that the price you got from an internet site. In any case that is a super deal because it also includes air fare. My fare alone during the holidays cost $538.00. Where are you staying or where did you stay?

Fairfax Va
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Yes I returned on the 8th.I know I got a terrific deal but I guess I did not make my question clear.By the way I got this deal from Expedia and stayed at the El San Juan hotel.$642 for nonstop air from DC and four nights hotel.

I realize both the air fare and hotel were discounted,but the resort fee of 11%

was based on the ACTUAL full room rate .

If the deal offered was a hotel rate that was discounted 50% ,shoud'nt the resort fee be half?If you buy a pair of shoes half off do you pay tax on the full and actual sticker price??

My hotel room was steeply discounted yet the 11% resort fee was based on the room's actual full rate of 330$.

I am confused here or is this a ripoff .

Cleveland, Ohio
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6. Re: resort fee

Sounds like a rip off to me. I've never been charged a percentage based on an artificial cost (Rake Rate). I've been charged a flat rate fee or a percentage of an actual bill. Start writing some letters.

Lake Placid, Florida
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7. Re: resort fee

I agree with PRBob. They can't charge you tax on something that wasn't paid. That would be like buying something on sale, and paying tax on the full price---I don't think so!!! Give the hotel a call, and I wouldn't take no for an answer.

Rio Grande, Puerto...
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8. Re: resort fee

Technically even if a hotel comps a room they still need to charge and pay lodging tax to the Tourism Company . So in other words even if you are given a free night you or the hotel would still need to pay the lodging tax. I imagine they just use their rack rate to figure this amount or it would be too difficult based on different prices offered on deals to different persons.

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The hotel only pays lodging tax on the amount collected. They can't apply a tax to money that the do not recieve. Hello!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Edited: 12 January 2010, 02:38
Cleveland, Ohio
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10. Re: resort fee

I have never been charged tax on the rack rate of a room. It's always been on the cost of the nightly rate. Maybe something has changed and I would be very interested for someone from a hotel explaining it!